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Ukraine-Made Giant Air Cargo Mriya Burnt in Russian Shelling

INTERNATIONAL: The world's largest cargo plane, the Ukrainian made Antonov-225 Mriya, has been burnt in Russian attack on Hostomel airport near Kyiv,Ukrainian state arms manufacture Ukroboronprom has said on Sunday.

The Russian occupiers have destroyed the flagship of Ukrainian aviation,the legendary An-225 Mriya. It happened at the Antonov airfield in Hostomel near Kyiv, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the news on its Fabebook page.

Ukrainian state arms manufacturer, Ukroboronprom, has said that the plane restoration would cost more than $3 billion and take a long time.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Dmytro Kuleba has said that "Russia may have destroyed our 'Mriya'. But we shall prevail!"

Mriya which means dream in Ukrainian was built in the Soviet Union in 1988 in order to carry the Soviet Union's own attempt at a space shuttle, called 'Buran'. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the Buran program was shut down and the plane was left on the territory of independent Ukraine.

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